21 year old female with L4-L5 herniation due to rear end car accident, radicular pain in right glute, hip, leg, and foot. Herniation occurred 1/25/13 and I have exhausted all other methods of treatment for the last 10+ months.
I'm seeing a lot on this site that is totally freaking me out! My surgery that I have planned is 1/6/14 and it is supposed to be a very minimally invasive surgery. Has ANYONE had this surgery before?? I was just planning on being off work for 2 weeks, should I plan for more? They aren't even supposed to be cutting through muscle, just moving it out of the way. I am really scared about the level of pain I'm going to be in and being immobile. I'm 21 so maybe I'll heal more quickly... Can anybody give me some insight into what I can really expect as far as how tough the recovery is? I'm really nervous and this is my first surgical procedure ever.